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Frogmore House and Garden to open for annual charity days

Release date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

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Frogmore House and Garden, the charming royal retreat set within Windsor Castle's magnificent Home Park, will open to the public on 28, 29 and 30 May 2019 as part of the annual charity garden open days.

The three charities that will benefit from the proceeds of this year's open days are the National Garden Scheme, the British Heart Foundation, and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Built in the 17th century, Frogmore House became a royal residence in 1792 when it was purchased by Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III.  Since then, successive monarchs have enjoyed the tranquil surroundings and delightful interiors. Although it is no longer an occupied royal residence, Frogmore House is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

The interior of Frogmore House bears testimony to the interests and talents of the generations of the royal family who have resided there. Queen Charlotte and her daughters' passions for art and botany are reflected throughout the house, and works by the Duchess of Kent, who lived at Frogmore for almost 20 years, and those by her daughter Queen Victoria can be seen on display.  

May 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the renowned flower painter Mary Moser, who was commissioned by Queen Charlotte to decorate a room at Frogmore House with garlands of flowers simulating an arbour open to the skies. The room was said to have been Queen Charlotte’s favourite, and she commanded that it should thereafter be named The Mary Moser Room.

The 35-acre gardens at Frogmore House are one of its most enduring attractions. First laid out for Queen Charlotte in the 1790s, they are based on a model 'picturesque' landscape. In 1867 Queen Victoria wrote, 'this dear lovely garden…all is peace and quiet and you only hear the hum of the bees, the singing of the birds.'  

The design and planting scheme of the gardens today incorporates additions made under the direction of Queen Victoria and Queen Mary, as well as a number of trees and shrubs added to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. Today, visitors can enjoy gentle garden walks and views of Queen Victoria's Tea House and the 18th-century lake.

Tuesday, 28 May – National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated a total of £58 million to nursing and health charities, and from garden visits in 2018 was able to make a donation of £3 million in April 2019. Beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson's UK and the Queen’s Nursing Institute. To book tickets to visit the garden at Frogmore House on Tuesday, 28 May, visit www.ngs.org.uk/frogmore.

George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Garden Scheme, said, ‘Everyone at the National Garden Scheme is immensely grateful to Her Majesty The Queen for so generously continuing to give our charity an open day in the garden of Frogmore House. It is a highlight in our annual calendar when visitors are privileged to have rare access to this important and romantic landscape garden. The open day will make a major contribution to the funds we raise for our nursing and health beneficiaries.’

Wednesday, 29 May – British Heart Foundation

One in four people in the UK and one in three globally die from heart and circulatory diseases. That’s why the British Heart Foundation funds world-leading research into their causes, prevention, treatment and cure. Advances from its research have saved and improved millions of lives, but heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors such as diabetes still cause heartbreak on every street. With the public’s support, the British Heart Foundation’s funding will drive the new discoveries to end that heartbreak. To book tickets for the garden at Frogmore House on Wednesday, 29 May, visit https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/events/frogmore-open-gardens-charity-day.

Michelle Bowdidge, Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation, said, ‘The house and gardens at Frogmore are truly stunning. This charity open day offers people a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and historic surroundings whilst raising money for life-saving heart research. In the UK, there are more than seven million people living with a heart and circulatory condition. The money raised by this event will be used to help our scientists to find the next breakthrough in treatment, prevention, and cure.’

Thursday, 30 May – National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) is the only patient-led organisation in the UK providing support and advocacy for the 400,000 adults living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the 12,000 children and young people living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), serious, painful autoimmune conditions with no cure. The diseases impact quality of life massively for individuals and their families and can shorten life expectancy. NRAS’s mission is to support everyone living with RA and JIA, to be their first choice for reliable information and to empower all to take control of their condition. NRAS also works with government and key stakeholders including the NHS, British Society for Rheumatology and NICE to improve standards and access to best care for all. To book tickets for the garden at Frogmore House on Thursday, 30 May, visit www.nras.org.uk/frogmore2019.

Ailsa Bosworth, MBE, Chief Executive and Founder of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), said, ‘We are thrilled to be offered the opportunity to host the garden open day on 30 May in the grounds of Frogmore House. In our 18th year, as a charity in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, we are truly delighted to have been selected this year to benefit from this open day. The funds raised on the day will contribute to the vital services we provide including our helpline, peer-to-peer support by phone, online community forum, wide ranging publications, disease self-management patient training courses, patient information events, community groups and educational webinars and videos. The open day will also be a wonderful day out for family and friends to appreciate the beautiful historical gardens.’


The Frogmore House and Garden charity garden open days are on 28, 29 and 30 May in aid of the National Garden Scheme, the British Heart Foundation and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society respectively. Entry is from 10:00 to 17:30, with last entry at 16:00.

Tickets for the charity garden open days can be obtained directly from the charities involved, either in advance or by paying in cash at the gate. Garden tickets cost £7.00 (under-fives enter for free). Limited tickets for guided garden history tours will be available each day for £3.00, running at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00.

Once inside the garden, a limited number of separate timed tickets can be purchased in cash from Royal Collection Trust to visit Frogmore House. Tickets for Frogmore House cost £9.00 (under-fives enter for free).

Refreshments will be available to purchase in cash within the grounds, and visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics.

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